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The Sinking of USS Squalus — 75 Years Later

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USS Squalus (SS-192) getting pulled up from the bottom of the ocean. US Navy Photo

USS Squalus (SS-192) getting pulled up from the bottom of the ocean. US Navy Photo

In 1939 the Sargo-class submarine USS Squalus (SS-192) sank off the coast of New Hampshire during a test dive. On May 23, the diesel-electric submarine went down resulting in the death of 26 sailors. Thirty-three survived.

The Naval History Blog has the whole story.

  • Rick B.

    Swede Momsen deserves a lot of credit for the submarine rescue devices and procedures, many still used today. Before he became involved, if a submarine went to the bottom, that was all she wrote for the entire crew. No way to get to them. Read _The Rescuer_ by Peter Maas for a good biography about this dedicated officer whose life’s work saved many a submariner.